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  1. "Us" is probably one of those 'insignificant' words that are ignored in searches. So the search is just looking for "among". Alan
  2. Yes, exactly the same for me. CTR 2.0 in August, steadily downhill to 0.50 now. Also, unless there's a sudden flurry of sales in the last week, this year will see a drop in sales after 8 years of continuous growth. I'm not entirely surprised by this, though. As I've only uploaded fewer than 200 pics in the last couple of years while the Alamy collection has swollen by millions, I'm lucky to be doing as well as I am. Alan
  3. You don't appear to have any images on sale yet, so it's hardly surprising that you can't create a portfolio. Assuming your initial upload has passed QC, you need to wait until the system updates and puts them on sale. In normal times this is 24 hours, but these are not normal times. Alan
  4. I'm sure that if you were a customer you would consider both equally important. Alan
  5. Good and bad. Good: a dedicated infringements team. About time too, as long as it does the job properly. Bad: "Talking about rankings, I want to let you know about some improvements we want to make to our search algorithm" followed by another 10 minutes without any mention of rankings at all. So we still have no idea how ranking works these days and as far as I'm aware, no-one has seen any evidence of a re-rank for at least two years. Alan
  6. Do what you love. Being passionate about something gives you a better feel for its possibilities and a greater insight into its nuances. Alan
  7. Line of London buses painted for Remembrance Day: Café tables in GUM shopping mall in Moscow: North Bridge, Halifax: Alan
  8. I doubt if it's a tag that many people would use, and probably even fewer search for. That's what makes it a very interesting topic! Alan
  9. Damn! I've got a virtually identical shot of Mayakovskaya station which would have made a great entry but I can't submit it now! Alan
  10. A zoom is when an Alamy customer (see below) clicks on a thumbnail in the search results to go to the main description page for that image. You can see this information on your contributor dashboard by expanding the Alamy Measures section in the lower half of the page and then clicking on Your Images. An Alamy customer in this context is defined as a regular purchaser. In other words, if a passer-by or occasional visitor (or indeed you yourself) clicks on an image it doesn't register as a zoom. Alan
  11. Oh dear, how do you choose between many favourites? I've picked this one because it illustrates so many concepts: beauty, peace, solitude, the insignificance of humans in the landscape, and for today's world, self-isolation and social distancing. Alan
  12. Alamy is primarily an editorial agency rather than a creative one. In most cases (though not all) artistic expression is not the main point of a photo. However, it's perfectly possible to submit creative shots and the lack of a full spectrum will not usually be penalised provided that the effect is relevant to the subject. A good photographer can easily tell the difference between a poorly exposed photograph and an atmospheric one. A test submission is three photos, no more, no less. Once this has passed QC, you are free to upload as many you like, in batches of your own choosing.
  13. And more importantly, those million Instamatics didn't have access to a worldwide wall to pin them to. Alan
  14. I have an Alamywhack on a photo of a particular location in the UK that I uploaded years ago and I still can't believe that mine is the only photo of that location on Alamy. Alan
  15. I think it's unlikely that pix from the P900 would be acceptable anyway. Alamy generally doesn't like bridge cameras. Alan
  16. My Canon 5D2 is pretty long in the tooth nowadays and can't handle high ISO as well as more modern cameras. Nevertheless I've had a few accepted at 3200 and 6400 (after applying NR in Lightroom), though I'm extremely careful to only upload ones that I think stand a good chance of getting through. Alan
  17. Both the vertical and the horizontal of this shot have sold separately. They were taken at the same time but from a very slightly different angle. The horizontal (which I prefer) sold for high $$, whereas the vertical sold for $$$$. A very good advert for taking both. Alan Edit: PS I should add that cropping the horizontal would not have resulted in such a pleasing composition as the vertical, and it's unlikely that I would have thought to take a wider horizontal than the one I shot. So I would probably have missed out on a bumper sale.
  18. While this is true, they don't stand out to the same degree in a page of thumbnails. Alan
  19. However, caveat emptor still remains a potent factor, as illustrated by that much publicised case a few years ago when a Turkish man's face was used to promote Greek yoghurt, and IIRC he was awarded substantial damages. Alan
  20. It was bad everywhere. The streets of London were paved with solid ice for weeks. I lost count of the number of times I slid and ended on my bum while walking to school. Alan
  21. If it was beside the canal then it wasn't the Blue Teapot. I couldn't think of a café actually by the canal but I don't often walk that stretch of canal. Alan
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